Posts Tagged ‘Piling House’


February 14th, 2012

Pilings are set for the next component construction house in North Myrtle Beach, 109 Ocean Blvd. A small 9 unit building was removed to make way for this two story house going up right in the thick of all the action come summer. The pilings are 26″-0″ long awaiting the setting of the LVL girder system tomorrow, which is the same day as the first and second floor trusses arrive. Wall panel deliveries are beginning on Monday 2/20 and will conclude on the 21st as there is sure to be multiple loads. The exterior walls on this structure are 2×6 with 9′- 1 1/2″ plate height on the first floor and 10′- 1 1/2″ on the second story. We use galvanized nails for protection of the corrosive elements presented by salt air, not only on this ocean front house, but any house within 25 miles of the coastline. The panels will arrive unsheathed make them slightly less heavy because of the heights that need to be dealt with on this type of construction. Babb Custom Homes, in charge of the entire plan, will utilize a crane to lift the panel stacks to the appropriate level. The cost of the crane is factored into the costs of construction ensuring the safety of his crew and the integrity of the preassembled wall panels. Not everyone involved with component construction uses this logic but I believe in the interest of time and safety it is the correct approach. Much more later once the construction process unfolds.

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Thanksgiving Wrap Up

November 23rd, 2011

The day before Thanksgiving had me involved with some travel and finalization of a bunch of paperwork. On a previous post I had discussed the merits of the Zip System by Huber. Yes I actually sell some products as a result of the interest generated by a few of my posts. I was at a piling house ideal for the use of open web floor trusses and snapped some photos of the Zip Wall and Zip Roof systems in use. JT Holden of Holden Beach, NC, is a progressive builder who is open for trying new products. He is in an area where water infiltration is of primary concern. Although the Zip System does not require housewrap or felt paper for that matter, Johnny assures a quality product by applying housewrap over the 7/16″ Zip Walls and a protective barrier of Ice and Water Shield on top of the 5/8″ Zip Roof sheathing. He is delivering a house that exceeds specifications of being moisture resistant. There is quite a few of the ocean from the upper deck of the structure. Open web floor truss are primarily use for piling / girder type floor systems because of their ability to clear span and pick up interior bearings thus limiting the number of girders (either LVL rows or 2×12′s) required. Floor girders work great in areas where “break away” pilings are required, and the open web configuration gives adequate room for plumbing, wiring and HVAC ducts, where furring down below is difficult. There is an update on the popular post ICF Stands Tall as the wood phase of construction continues. Eric Dunn has completed fireplace mantle made of steel with a built in heat shield. It has a ceramic insulative base to prevent the TV or whatever is to be located above it on the shelving from overheating. He was transporting it to be painted before presenting it to the customer in Lumberton NC, who he has done a number of projects for. Returning customers are signs of success. So after gorging yourself with turkey on this special holiday, take a few moments to exercise the ole digits by roaming around the latest posts of Timberology. Oh and Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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